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Two weeks ago Michael and I left for a trip to photograph our first European destination wedding in France! It was a dream come true!! However, our adventure didn’t end there! Our good friends Jordan and Amy were also in Europe for a shoot and we planned to meet up after our work was done!! I’ll be honest, when we have a destination wedding… or really ANY wedding… that’s my only focus. Michael gets us there and I shoot my little heart out. So, when people asked me where we were going in Europe… I honestly had no idea. Michael and Jordan planned the entire trip and Amy and I just followed them around!

They did an amazing job. They drove us from central France to the coast… which was close to SIX HOURS! Our first stop was Marseille. We loved this stop and we did a little exploring on day one! Then we walked back to the hotel and I helped Amy get ready for their vow renewal!! Click HERE to view those images! It was a dream!! After driving back from the lavender fields near Provence, we went to bed so that we could get up and drive to Saint Tropez the next day. St. Tropez was beautiful. There was one restaurant where we tried to grab lunch but it was PACKED… and we’re prettyyyy sure that there were some celebrities in there because we spotted some paparazzi! That was our queue that we should probably leave and just grab food from a food stand instead of spending $200 on lunch!! I can’t speak for the rest of the crew but I felt a little out of my element in that place…. and that feeling continued as we drove down to Monaco!

Because I don’t know very much about cities in the south of France, I asked what Monaco was known for and Jordan told me that it was nicknamed “The Millionaire’s Playground”. Amy and I laughed and semi-seriously said “So, what are we going to do there??!” haha We pulled up to the casino area and it was like we had walked into a different WORLD. These people were driving cars that cost more than our house!! It was insane! We paid more for a half a bowl of semi-decent spaghetti than we did for ANY other meal the entire trip. It was just ridiculous!! It was a really cool experience to SEE that world but unless you’re driving a Porsche, Bentley, or Maserati…. you don’t feel like you fit in there!!

After leaving the Millionaire’s playground, you can imagine how relieved we were to enter Italy and find cheap but amazing PIZZA!!!! We also invested 100 Euros and rented a little speed boat for 2 hours and toured Lake Como! This was probably one of the BEST decisions of the entire trip! We had a blast and we only hit one small log that got jammed in the motor. Luckily, all we had to do was stop and pull it out and to our knowledge…. it didn’t hurt anything!!! We made it back to the dock in one piece and that was quite an accomplishment!

After Lake Como, we started our trek through the Swiss Alps and it was breathtaking. I’ve decided that it’s really not accurate saying that we have “mountains” in Virginia after you see the Swiss Alps! Wow!! They are just rolling hills!! We loved ending the trip with such an impressive change of scenery and even though I lost my Swiss Alp pictures…. Amy took some gorgeous ones and I’m SO THANKFUL!!!!

Enjoy this recap of our time away and if there is ANY advice I can give you… it’s to avoid the spaghetti in Monaco and DEFINITELY head to Italy for the PIZZA!!!! 😃

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xoxo, Katelyn
10 Comments Travels
  1. Crystal Bolin reply

    Amazing photos! I hope to take a trip like this one day! So gorgeous!!

  2. Brea reply

    Beautiful photos! That region of Europe is Oneida my favorites! When we went to southern France a few years ago we stayed in Nice which is about a 20 minute train ride from Monaco. A day trip to Monaco was nice but I absolutely loved staying in Nice, exploring the beautiful old town and beaches and the medieval villages nearby including Gourdon and Saint-Paul de Vence. Nice was much more laid back and less ritzy too (and less expensive!). If you ever happen to make it back to that region I highly suggest visiting those villages and the perfumery in Grasse.

  3. Rebekah Carter reply

    Those lake pictures are amazing! Well, they all are, but those are particularly amazing. I felt the same way about VA’s mountains once I went out West to Montana. But I still love the Appalachians too.

  4. Urška Majer reply

    This looks like a dream trip! :)

  5. allie reply

    LOVE all these! What an amazing adventure. Did you use your 24-70 the whole trip or a combination of different lenses?

  6. Kristina W. reply

    Yay for traveling! It’s so funny, my CNU friends and I had the exact same reaction to the Swiss Alps as you all did! Also, you and Michael are so well dressed when you travel!

  7. Brittani Croft reply

    I always LOVE y’alls travel posts and photos! Michael always seems to somehow find the best places to go in short periods of time and it makes my travel bug super fierce! And it just makes my heart so happy knowing the amazing collections of travel photos you guys have accumulated over the years…what awesome photo books to pass down to future kiddos! :)

  8. Hosanna reply

    Just gotta ask. In the picture of Michael, Amy, and Jordan under a roof (#15) was that a mirror on the roof? An optical illusion that eludes me?

  9. ashley reply

    So stunning! Y’all will have so many beautiful photos to fill your new home with!!! <3

  10. Angus Matheson reply

    Lovely photos. Looks like a gorgeous location.

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